Gujjar agitation leaves Sikandra traders furious, calls for bandh
The recent gujjar agitations over reservations has left the traders and sculptors of Sikandra livid, with many calling for a bandh until the government provides compensation.jaipur Updated: Jun 01, 2015 10:01 IST
Shopkeepers and traders of Sikandra town in Dausa district, who observed a bandh on Friday and Saturday, have threatened to continue their strike if their demands were not fulfilled, said president of Sandstone Dastkar Vikas Samiti Kajodmal Saini on Sunday.
Saini said sandstone traders had suffered a loss of around 1.5 crores during the Gujjars’recent agitation.
“They burnt shacks, broke stone slabs and even stole a number of idols and sculptures,” said Saini, adding that such losses were caused every time when Gujjars riot. He said earlier the traders never bothered but this time they had protested and observing two-day market closure.
The Gujjars have ended their agitation for 5% reservation after a pact with the government, but the shopkeepers and stone sculpture traders at Sikandra town of Dausa district are still struggling to receive compensation for damages caused by the agitators.
More than 400 Gujjars had blocked the Jaipur-Agra national highway at Sikandra chauraha on May 24. They allegedly looted local shops, damaged stone sculptures, and were lewd with the local women. Sikandra is known for sculpture manufacturing from red sand stone and is a business hub of the district.
Demanding compensation and action against the accused, shopkeepers and traders observed closure of businesses on Friday and Saturday. They also filed an FIR at a local police station and approached the district collector and Member of Parliament Harish Meena seeking compensation.
The shopkeepers and traders have submitted a memorandum to a local tahsildar seeking survey of losses and damage caused and release of compensation. The traders have also threatened a protest if their demands were not fulfilled.
The traders have also sought establishment of a sandstone park and shift existing units there as Gujjar agitation has become a routine affair, said Saini.
Another trader Ramkaran Saini alleged that the agitators also looted material from provision stores, clothes, fruits and vegetables.
District collector Swarup Singh Pawar said he had got a representation and forwarded it to the relief department in Jaipur. He said the representation did not carry any estimate of losses but it could be assessed when the government gave permission for releasing compensation.